CON artists are said to be using fake “wrong number” texts to try and scam people out of money.
You may be tempted to reply to a seemingly innocent message to explain that the sender has the wrong number but this is exactly what a cyber criminal wants you to do.
In many cases, the sender is likely a chat bot trained to lure you into conversation and eventually try and get you to hand over personal data or money.
The Better Business Bureau has issued a warning about this scam.
It said: “A new text message scam seems so innocent that it’s tempting to reply.
“But con artists are using phony “wrong number” texts to lure victims into conversation and falling for a scam.”
Examples of the scam include a chat bot pretending to be a woman from a dating app so the recipient might be lured into signing up for paid adult dating websites.
The Better Business Bureau explained: “You receive a text that reads something like this: “Hey is this John? It’s Amanda. We chatted on Tinder before when I came to visit my cousin but we never met irl. I’m back in town if you want to meet up this time, are you free?”
“If you reply to a text like this, even with a polite, “Sorry, wrong number,” the stranger responds anyway, seemingly ignoring your answer.
“Usually, you’ll receive a few compliments and some photos of “Amanda,” who appears to be a scantily clad…